We packed all our stuff up, at my parents house, in what was a grueling, stressful, and slightly agonizing week. You see God had asked us to take a big ole step of faith, a scary, illogical step of faith.
So the step of faith. We have been raising support and it’s been a slow process. The Mexico field is having their missions conference the last week of May (they have it once every 2 years), and we were interested in going, but when we asked about it, there was no space available. Then one day a friend on field leadership called my husband up and said a room opened up, but you have to answer now if you want to come. I wasn’t around, but my husband said, ok we will do it. This friend really challenged us saying this: “This is what you should do- you and Amy sit down and set a date. Commit it to the Lord, and then head for that date. Don’t worry about percentages, just start making plans as if it is goin to happen. Every time you feel nervous about your percentage, decide as a couple that you are not going to let fear deter you from what you have set your sights on and keep moving. Pray about it again, and keep moving. People will say, Hector, what is your plan if you don’t get the money? And you respond- I don’t know. Faith doesn’t make back up plans. And then when you are down here (in a little over a month) we will celebrate together what the Lord did.”
Friends what a month it has been. We started our month out with 53% of our recommended support. We prayed tons!! We tried to set up some meetings, and got a couple more, but, not near as much as we were thinking we would need. So fast forward to the 10th or so. Our support was up to about 63%, we needed $740/ month to reach the needed 75% to be allowed to stay in Mexico. We had said goodbye to my parents and my sister, and her family, since they were all traveling to Michigan, and we started hard core praying, and hard core packing. Have you ever tried to pack up everything (in someone else’s house, with all their stuff there, and your stuff (after being there for 5+ months)) with a 1,3, and 5 year old, while still trying to see people last minute, and keep everyone alive, somewhat content, the house somewhat clean, etc? Then on top of that the stress of should we take the trailer or not, is God really going to provide or not, will we be able to stay there in Mexico after conference or not, will we be able to rent the house that are friend’s have available (they need to know in a couple of days, before they head back to Tanzania), knowing, that we still greatly desire to respect what our mission leadership says, and not make any long term plans until we get the green light (reach 75%), but feeling God is leading this way? It’s hard!!! There were many prayers, many tears, more prayers and more tears. We were stretched, but all along the way in it all, when we would take a moment to stop looking at all that, and look at who our God is, the peace would come! We would feel his hand in ours and hear the gentle voice of just take a step with me, trust me, I know what I’m doing.
God brought so many people alongside us that helped point us back to God. (Really a miracle in itself because more than one person without knowing it would bring up the same stuff) They reminded us of Noah who built a whole ark before it had ever rained, and of the children of Israel and how the priests had to pick of the ark of the covenant and step into the water before the Red sea parted. We have packed up and picked up our ark, and took the first step into the water, of our journey. We then had three days of meetings planned in another city, 2 hours away. (A city that we had visited before, built some relationships, and received prayer support). What a blessing to stay with some amazing sweet people whose hospitality in their gorgeous home, and encouraging words, refreshed our souls, and I really believe helped prepare us for what was coming. When we left, our support was at 67%, and we needed about $500 more to reach 75%. We stepped both feet in the water, and watched as the Lord worked mightily.
On the road, all day long, we prayed, and once again holding His hand, stepped out of our comfort zone, and talked to people who had expressed interest in supporting us, and asked them, if we could be so forward as to ask how much they were planning on supporting us. For us this was so uncomfortable, but God has a body to do His work and, wow did we start see it working together yesterday. From a sweet family, to a couple that randomly picked up our prayer card when visiting the training, to wonderful hosts, to people who had planned meetings for us, these people stepped beyond themselves, and decided to trust God, in new ways, to provide for them, so that they could be a part of reaching people in Mexico, by supporting us. What a humbling amazing and “all the Glory to God” experience! By the end of the day we were at 71.7%, and only need $204 more for 75%. We know we can trust God to keep working!! To keep holding our hand and leading us step by step. Even to get us to 100% of our recommended support. For that we need $1762 more, our God is so great, and can do this, isn’t it awesome that He allows us to be a part of His work? That He cares enough to take time to build us up bit by bit, and stretch us, and give us the strength to not faint when we feel like we can’t go on. How great is our God!